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CP0316

Professional Diploma in Tree Management
树木管理专业文凭

12 months part-time
Qualifications Framework: Level 5
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开课日期 : 2020年12月
截止报名 : 2020年10月30日
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English supplemented with Cantonese

3411 1999

adbus@hkbu.edu.hk

Programme Aims

With increasing public concern and environmental awareness in society, there has been an expanding interest as well as a growing demand for qualified tree management personnel. The programme aims to provide professional education geared towards nurturing high calibre tree management professionals in Hong Kong. It is designed to equip students with the latest knowledge, professional standards and advanced skills in contemporary tree management and related preservation work.

网上报名

This programme consists of six courses, totaling 200 hours.

 

 

Course Code Course Title Contact Hours
RLE4300

This course provides a comprehensive overview of essential arboriculture topics and covers basic concepts related to tree care, tree selection, maintenance to tree surveys, and risk assessment. The course will use a case studies approach to enhance students’ understanding and learning of planning, developing and evaluating tree care programmes. Topics include:

  1. Urban forestry and tree care programme
  2. Tree biology
  3. Understanding soil science
  4. Principles of tree selection
  5. Principles of tree maintenance
  6. Tree risk assessment
  7. Safe working practices
  8. Tree protection and mitigations
32.5
RLE5010

This course introduces the approach and methods of the systematics of woody plants. The course includes the importance of taxonomy and systematics, characters, and biological classifications useful to tree identification. Case studies will enhance students’ understanding of how genera and species are related to each other and how their key characters may affect tree selection and planting, as well as prescriptions of tree care in the future. This course is useful for students to develop tree selection criteria for urban greening in Hong Kong. Topics include:

  1. Principles of taxonomy
  2. Botanical nomenclature and identification
  3. Tree morphology
  4. Different approaches to biological classifications and concepts of categories
  5. Taxonomic data
  6. Phylogenetic relationships of gymnosperms and angiosperms
  7. Tree selection criteria
  8. Urban greening and urban forestry in practice
35
RLE5012

The course provides advanced knowledge of practices in tree planting, establishment and maintenance of a range of commonly used landscape plants. The course is useful for practitioners at the supervisory and managerial level to develop a holistic management programme for landscape trees and plants. Topics include:

  1. Tree selection and nursery stock selection
  2. Tree installation and establishment
  3. Soil, water and nutrient management
  4. Tree health care
  5. Pruning
  6. Tree support systems and lightning protection
  7. Maintenance of old trees, transplanted trees and stonewall trees
  8. Good management practice and government guidelines
32.5
RLE5015

This course focuses on tree risk management covering the concepts on risk and hazard, the importance of tree risk management, tree assessment methods and procedures, records and reports writing, and mitigation measures. This course incorporates a practical field studies on tree risk assessment to supplement lectures and class activities. Topics include:

  1. Introduction to tree risk management
  2. Tree biomechanics
  3. Criteria for tree risk assessment
  4. Tree risk rating
  5. Post-failure inspection
  6. Documentation
  7. Mitigation measures
  8. Managing difficult trees
32.5
RLE5020

The course provides a comprehensive overview of topics from pest and disease identification to management practices. This course incorporates a practical field study on pest and disease identification to supplement lectures and class activities. The course is especially useful for tree assessors to managerial level. Topics include:

  1. Introduction to pest and disease management
  2. Taxonomy of insects
  3. Colonization strategies of insects on trees
  4. Taxonomy of microorganisms
  5. Fungal disease strategies on trees
  6. Control of pests and diseases
  7. Management practices
  8. Plant disease epidemiology
35
RLE5025

The course provides a comprehensive overview of topics with a unique focus on principles of tree preservation and landscape plans before and after land development and construction of buildings and infrastructure. The course is especially useful for practitioners related to landscape and property management. Topics include:

  1. Introduction to landscape and property management
  2. Development process
  3. Development programmes and construction practice
  4. Evaluation of the resources
  5. Evaluation of impacts to trees
  6. Management practice during the construction phase
  7. Management practice after the construction phase
  8. Preparation of reports
32.5
   
200

* field trip will be arranged for each course.

Students who successfully fulfil the academic requirements by obtaining an overall of 50 marks or above out of 100 in each course of this programme are eligible for graduation and will be awarded the Professional Diploma in Tree Management issued by SCE.

Application Fee: HK$120 (non-refundable)
Tuition Fee: HK$36,000 (by three instalments)

This programme is enlisted as a recognized programme by Urban Forestry Support Fund – Study Sponsorship Scheme. The amount of subsidy given to each eligible student under the programme is 50% of the payable tuition fee or HK$20,000, whichever is less. More information of eligibility and application of this study sponsorship scheme could be found here. Please note that successful applicant cannot claim other subsidy such as the Continuing Education Fund or receive financial support from employer.

Classes and examinations will be held on weekday evenings and Saturday afternoons (normally two classes per week) at Tsimshatsui/Wan Chai/Kowloon Tong Learning Centres. Field trips will be organised at some of the weekends.

To be eligible for admission to the Professional Diploma programme, a candidate will normally be required to meet the following minimum entry requirements:

  1. Holder of an Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma or equivalent; OR
  2. Aged 23 or above with lower academic qualifications and three years’ relevant work experience; AND
  3. Attained a required level of English proficiency equivalent to Band 6.0 in the IELTS / Grade E in HKALE Use of English / Level 3 at HKDSE English Language; OR
  4. Applicants may be required to sit for an entrance test which assesses their English language proficiency.

Remarks:

i. Each eligible application will be assessed and considered on a case-by-case basis. Interviews are scheduled on an as-needed basis depending on each applicant.

ii. Applicants with relevant academic qualifications and/or relevant work experience have a higher priority to be admitted to the programme. Those who do not possess academic qualifications in tree management or relevant areas of study are required to attend a competency test based on the learning materials provided by SCE before programme starts.

Applicants may submit application through (A) online system, or (B) hard-copy submission by mail or in-person.

 

(A) Application through online system

  1. Enter SCE Online Application System and fill in required data.
  2. Upload files of the following documents onto the system:
    1. proof for relevant academic qualifications and professional qualifications, e.g. certificate of public examinations (application for exemption should be submitted with supporting documents which include transcript/result slip, certificate and course syllabus);
    2. proof for relevant work experience (if any);
    3. any pertinent supporting documents; and
    4. a recent photograph (1.5” x 2”).
  3. Make payment for the application fee for admission (HK$120), and handling fee for exemption (HK$200 per course if applicable) through the Online Payment Gateway.

(B) Application through hard-copy submission

  1. Download and complete Application for Admission form (SCE-AF-002)
  2. Attach PHOTOCOPIES of the following documents:
    1. HKID card;
    2. proof for relevant academic qualifications and professional qualifications, e.g. certificate of public examinations (application for exemption should be submitted with supporting documents which include transcript/result slip, certificate and course syllabus);
    3. proof for relevant work experience (if any);
    4. any pertinent supporting documents.
  3. Attach two recent photographs (1.5” x 2”).
  4. Make payment for the application fee for admission (HK$120), and handling fee for exemption (HK$200 per course if applicable), in the form of a crossed cheque made payable to “Hong Kong Baptist University” with applicant’s name, contact number and programme name written at the back. Applicants who submit application in-person may make payment with cash or EPS.
  5. Complete set of application should be submitted either by-mail or in-person at the following address(es).

 

By-Mail

School of Continuing Education

Hong Kong Baptist University

2/F, Franki Centre, 320 Junction Road, Kowloon Tong

(Please mark the title of the programme applied on the envelope. )  

In-Person

Tsim Sha Tsui Learning Centre Office

6/F, 136A Nathan Road, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon

 

Counter Service Hours:

Mon-Fri: 9:00 am-8:00 pm

Sat: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

(Closed on Sun, Public Holidays and School Holidays)


Kowloon East Learning Centre Office

7/F, Millennium City 3, 370 Kwun Tong Road, Kowloon

 

Wan Chai Learning Centre Office

26/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong

 

Counter Service Hours:

Mon-Fri: 12:00 pm-8:00 pm

Sat: 12:00 pm-4:00 pm

(Closed on Sun, Public Holidays and School Holidays)  

  • Applicants will be requested to present the HKID card and original copies of all credentials for verification. Those who submit application in-person may bring along the HKID card and original credentials for verification.
  • All fees paid are non-refundable.
  • All documents submitted together with the application form will not be returned to applicants.  For unsuccessful applications, the documents and forms will be destroyed and the electronic files will be deleted.
  • Notes to non-local applicants – Part-time certificate/diploma programmes are generally not considered by the Immigration Department for visa purposes. For a non-permanent Hong Kong resident, it is his/her responsibility to check whether he/she can take the programme before making application.

Students can apply for Credit Transfer/Exemption under the following conditions:

  1. Credit Transfer will be considered if students have completed (or are currently studying) the required courses offered by the School prior to admission to the programme. Courses concerned will be automatically transferred to the programme and supporting documents are not required.
  2. Exemption will be considered if students possess a demonstrated competence (e.g. passed relevant courses in public examinations or other institutes) equivalent to the learning outcomes of the course to be studied. Supporting documents such as course syllabuses, transcripts or certificates should be submitted.

The above request(s) should be submitted when applying for admission. Late application will not be considered. Courses that are being studied or pending for result/certificate should also be reported at the time of admission, followed by the submission of supporting documents for approval upon release of result/issuance of certificate.

Credit Transfer/Exemption will not be granted if such qualifications have not been reported during admission or if they are obtained after registration in the programme.

Remarks for Credit Transfer/Exemption are shown as below:

 

Course Remark Code Description
EX Course Exempted
TC Credit Transferred

Limitations for Credit Transfer/Exemption

For all Programmes of Levels 1 to 2, the maximum exemption and credit transfer is limited to half of the total number of programme hours. For all Programmes of Level 3 or above, the maximum exemption is limited to one quarter of the total number of programme hours, while the sum of exemption and credit transfer is still limited to half of the total number of programme hours. In the case that the number of hours of exempted and/or transferred credit course(s) (including the course(s) being studied) has exceeded the maximum allowance, students should submit explanations and approval will be granted at the School’s discretion.

 

Example 1 The Certificate in Spanish (Introductory) (Level 1 programme) requires student to complete four courses (120 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 60 hours.
Example 2 The Certificate in Jewellery Design & Production (Level 2 programme) requires student to complete six courses (180 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 90 hours.
Example 3 The Certificate in Marketing Studies (Level 3 programme) requires student to complete six courses (180 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 90 hours in total while the Exemption should not exceed 45 hours.
Example 4 The Advanced Diploma in Accounting (Level 4 programme) requires student to complete 16 courses (480 hours in total). Application for Credit Transfer and Exemption should not exceed 240 hours in total while the Exemption should not exceed 120 hours.

Applicants may refer to the Exemption List for reference.

 

Date

To be confirmed

Time

To be confirmed

Venue

Online – Zoom

(Please email to gpsdrec@hkbu.edu.hk for more information)

Speaker

Academic Coordinator

Q: When will I know if I have been admitted?

A: The admission result will be sent to applicants via e-mail within 10 working days after the application deadline.

 

Q: If I am a Certified Arborist, can I apply for course exemption?

A: Yes, you are eligible to apply for an exemption of taking one course “RLE4300 Introduction to Arboriculture”. Please complete Part III “Application for Course Exemption” and pay $200 course exemption application fees.

 

Q: When will I know the result of my application for course exemption?

A: Result of application for course exemption will be released together with the admission result via e-mail.

 

Q: Can I change from one programme to another?

A: Once the offer is confirmed upon completion of registration, applicants are not allowed to change to another programme. Applicants are required to submit a new application with relevant documents and application fee for another programme.

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